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Center for Israel Studies
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Center for Israel Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Upcoming Events 

Contemporary Writing in Israel: Can You Avoid
Politics? With Assaf Gavron

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Free Falafel Lunch With Professor Guy Ziv (students only)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture by Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon

Monday, March 6, 2017
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Appications Open for 2017 Israel Writing Prize
Deadline: March, 20, 2017


Recent News & Events

"Global Israel Series"

Global Israel is a series of events at Washington, DC embassies exploring Israel's diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations with other countries. Attendance at Global Israel Events is restricted to AU students, faculty, and friends of the Center for Israel Studies.

Read about the series:
Fall 2016 Focus on Israel-Europe Connection

Empanadas and Diplomacy: Uruguay Embassy Event Kicks off "Global Israel" Series.

Global Israel: Embassy of Italy
December 6, 2016
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Global Israel: Screening of "Germans and Jews"
November 28, 2016 Embassy of Germany
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The Israel-Europe Connection: Past and Present Ties
November 7, 2016 Embassy of Slovakia
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India and Israel: A Growing Relationship
February 29, 2016 Embassy of India
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Embassy of Germany
November 2, 2015

Embassy of Ethiopia
October 8, 2015
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Empanadas and Conversation
September 9, 2015 Embassy of Uruguay
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"ON THE MAP: Writing Israel's Story" with Dani Menkin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dani Menkin, author, filmmaker, and two time Israeli Academy Award winner showed clips and spoke about the process of writing and creating his newest documentary. ON THE MAP, the uplifting, inspiring, and true story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship. The film recounts how Israeli basketball team gave hope to a nation in time when Israel was still suffering the heartache of the 1972 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Dani Menkin was the first speaker in the Sondra D. and Howard Bender Israeli Writing Series, which focused on the "New Generation of Israeli Writers." This event was co-sponsored by the School of Communication's Media That Matters series and Center for Media and Social Impact.

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"Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989"

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, discussed his latest book, Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989.

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"The Legacy of Shimon Peres"

Monday, November 14, 2016

The AU Center for Israel Studies (CIS), School of International Service (SIS), and the Kennedy Political Union (KPU) were proud to host a roundtable discussion on the legacy of former Israeli President, Prime Minister, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shimon Peres, who passed away on September 28th. Peres, Israel's elder statesman, and a champion of Arab-Israeli peacemaking, inaugurated CIS in 1998. The discussion featured form Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer, and SIS Professor Guy Ziv, author of Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel.


"Israeli Perspectives on the U.S. Elections"

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How is the American presidential election perceived by Israelis? How will the election impact the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance? Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig, an expert on political communication, public relation, and new media, addressed these questions. Professor Lehman-Wilzig is Chair of the School of Communications at Bar-IIan University in Israel. Co-sponsored by the School of Public Affairs. A dessert reception followed this event.

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"The Kibbutz: Ideal, Crisis, Renewal" Conference

Thursday, October 27, 2016

This international conference brought together leading scholars, artists, writers, and activists, who discussed what the kibbutz meant for the shaping of Israel, how it entered its existential crisis, and the forces behind its contemporary renewal. The conference culminated with a screening of Children of the Sun, an award-winning film about the kibbutz and a panel discussion which included the film's director, Ran Tal, and Israeli writer Yael Neeman. Co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies, Jewish Studies Program and Department of History.

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"Family Feuds: American Jews and Israel"

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Panel discussion on the changing relationship between U.S. Jews and Israel which featured:

  • Dov Waxman (Northeaster), author of Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel
  • Michael Barnett (GWU), author of The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews
  • Yaron Gamburg, Minister of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel

Moderated by Pamela Nadell, Director of Jewish Studies Program. Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies Program and School of Public Affairs. A book-signing followed the discussion.

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"SIS Graduate Practicum Report: Finding Cooperation Amid Conflict"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Students from the 2016 SIS Summer graduate practicum, "Finding Cooperation Amid Conflict: Israeli-Palestinian Water-Energy-Food Cooperation in the Middle East," presented their research along with their AU faculty advisors, Dr. Eric Abitbol and Dr. Ken Conca. Co-sponsored by the School of International Service Global Environmental Politics Program.

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"Is the Land Full? Addressing Overpopulation in Israel"

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Alon Tal, a leading academic and veteran Israeli environmental activist, discussed his new book, The Land is Full - Addressing Overpopulation in Israel. Tal discussed the ramification of Israel's extraordinary population increase, including burgeoning pollution, dwindling natural resources, overburdened infrastructure, and overcrowding. Co-sponsored by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Book signing reception followed the discussion.

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